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Windows 7: What is this connector for on my Asus N81VP laptop ?

03 Oct 2015   #1
singh0918

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What is this connector for on my Asus N81VP laptop ?

Can someone tell me what is this connector for on my Asus N81VP laptop? It does not look like mpci or msata. Thanks.

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03 Oct 2015   #2
Layback Bear

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03 Oct 2015   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Looks like a very old ata ide hdd cable hookup :/
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03 Oct 2015   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

There is an optional TV tuner for that model. Maybe that's the connector for it.

It's definitely not a PATA cable connector. It's a sub-D connector of some sort.
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03 Oct 2015   #5
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Is there a matching hole in the plastic of the case? If so it could be for some type of docking device where the computer works with external devices by simply putting it in the dock.
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03 Oct 2015   #6
singh0918

NJ
 
 

No, there are no matching holes on the cover. Also the optional TV tuner is mini pci, so its not for the optional TV tuner. There are 40 pins on this connector, 20 on each side. I have tried looking in the manual as well.
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04 Oct 2015   #7
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Perhaps it is for diagnostics. Some older Dell laptops have that same connector.
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04 Oct 2015   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep the cable I posted has 40 or so holes
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06 Oct 2015   #9
pjmarkert

Win 7 x64, Win 10 x64
 
 

That is an old ide cable for a desktop and 2 drives, not for a laptop
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06 Oct 2015   #10
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pjmarkert View Post
That is an old ide cable for a desktop and 2 drives, not for a laptop
Correct. But that does not limit the manufacturer of the motherboard from using that cable to test the motherboard during pre or post assembly diagnostics.

What does limit the cable shown in post #3 is the fact that it will not mate with the connector shown in post #1 (unless an adapter is used).

The IDE cable shown in post #3 mates with male pins. The connector shown in post #1 has tines, not pins and as such, requires either an edge connector with tines (like printer cable shown on the right in the image below)....





...or a PCB edge connector.

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